Barcelonians have a couple of yearly feasts mostly for locals…but if you have to be around, you’ll enjoy them as much as we do. Mercè is one of them: organized around the feast of the Virgin of Mercy – Patron of Barcelona – it basically means almost a week of free concerts and events all around the city. The main events are always located down in the city center, but you can find different representations of traditions and modern gigs all in different areas.
This year the party is going to start a little earlier, since election day is September 27th. But, starting at 19:00 hours with the Pregó at la Plaça de l’Ajuntament until September 24th almost at midnight, you have more than a week of popular and free celebrations at your disposal.
Not to be missed:
The International Contest of Fireworks. It takes places the first days of the Mercé at the beach, where you can see the best crafts in fireworks in the world by the Mediterranean.
On Sunday, the Castellers (human towers) competition in Plaça Sant Jaume at 11:30 and the general fire run correfoc on Via Laietana at 20:15. If you want to join the people of the correfoc, make sure that you’re wearing mostly cotton clothes and that your hair is well covered.
The piromusical at 22:00 on the 24th of September at the Fountains in Montjuic – the fountains get a new choreography and accompanying fireworks. Enjoy the city like a local!